Friday, December 28, 2012

2012

So 2012 is ending in about a few days which also means its MY BIRTHDAY!!! ;P

It’s been a busy year with lots of travel. Let’s see I was in Chennai, Bali, Kerala, Yogyakarta, Krabi, Perak, Pagoh, Singapore and tomorrow I’ll cap it up with my first trip to Kota Kinabalu. Yeah that’s a lot of travelling.

Missed one trip as I was too busy at work during that time. Oh well you can’t have everything. Staying put in Chennai was an amazing experience given I got to watch all my favourite musicians perform.
 
Hours and hours of TN Seshagopalan and Rajesh Vaidhya as well as KJ Jesudass and Sikkil Gurucharan. I’ve travelled around to listen to Anil Srinivasan and Sikhil Gurucharan – most recently being at Singapore for their Kalaa Utsavam performance. What a brilliant show and I also ended up listening to these beautiful musicians The Sufi Gospel Project who mixed different faiths music with a gospel influence – simply brilliant music

Bali was again amazing and heading to one of its islands which I call paradise was the cream on the cake. The beauty of that place still astonishes me. Kerala was another beauty, the highlight of the trip being the annual Thrissur Pooram and the two boat rides we went on. Of course once again I had to be in Kerala during a bandh. We had to pay extra to get back to the city. Funniest thing was later in the day we went shopping in a closed shop through the back door ;p

Yogyakarta is a stunning place and a definite must visit. What lovely people too – and we had a lovely driver who kept mixing up his family story – finally we realized he had a wife and a girlfriend too ;p – though I don’t think he actually wanted to tell us that. See too many lies and you’ll forget which story you told whom! Yes I have lots of stories to share but just not the time.

Krabi was another jewel in Thailand – you can of course read the short story of it. I’ve yet to finish my stories on Perak but at least you have the one on the museums.

I’ve planned a few trips for next year as well but I most looking forward to Varanasi. Yep I’ll be heading to Ganga which will incidentally be my first trip to the north.

It’s been another crazy year – things happened and needed to be solved. Plans I had been making had to be changed. It finally sunk in mid of the year and I finally started with the remodeling of my room.

The cupboards have been moved, built a bookcase by myself. Finally set up my amazing library of books - which was a long time dream. Got more than 50 books at BBW. Don’t worry I’m already into my second book in the pile and should be finishing at least 5 books this holiday season ;p

Yes as you can see from the photos, I read a lot. Most of the books on the tall shelf have already been read, theres I think just one stack that hasn’t been read while the square cabinet (which I built) books are on half, half. I’ve yet to arrange the new books – need to think of how I’m going to do it ;p

My search for a table went futile as I wanted a long table so I finally decided to build one myself.

Found two short shelves, built those and then found the perfect looking old door and spent weeks varnishing it. Well I was experimenting on colours ;p My mom thought I was nuts for doing it myself but I’ve always loved basic woodwork ;p

Now the table looks lovely and fits both my desktop and laptop as well as the work laptop whenever it needs to as well as all my other table junk. I no longer have to fight for space or put stuff above my pc ;p I also finally got my jewellery cabinet done – ah what a beauty it is. It was another piece that I had been searching high and low for years. I could never find them in shops though they were all over the internet.

So I finally got someone to build tiny little drawers to fit my extensive collection of costume jewellery. There’s only another 4 more empty drawers left. I may have to build another one ;p Next year I will have to get the rooms painted – its way overdue. Will need to decide on the colours though.

Which brings me to pinterest. So how many people here are addicted to that evil site? ;p

I see hands up in the air – including yours truly though I now spend limited time there.

Alas with the end of 2012, we won’t be able to crack jokes about the mayan/ mayandi end of the world propaganda – sigh what a waste – it provided such laughs ;p

In case I don’t post anything else – Have a wonderful new year, be safe and party like it’s the end of the world ;p

Ps: wheee I got a surprise pre birthday party with cheese cake and all today ;p

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Blast from the past

Was writing a long post when I got a blast from the past of a story I wrote in 2006. that led me on a browsing spree across 2006, which was i think one of my most active years where each post would get some 20 comments and more.

So I thought I'll share some of the poems and stories I wrote that year - it brought a smile to my lips and do read the hillarious comments ;p

Stories
The last orange glow 
Anubhavam Pudhumai 
rogue
Shadowed by answers (the continuation of rogue)

Poems
Kaadhal?
Puthidai Malara
Nambikai 
Yehvan avan
paavai
Kisses won candies 

And to end all with funny answers to why is the moon cheesy?

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Monday, December 17, 2012

KLPAC needs you

For many who have been following this blog for years, you would know that I absolutely love KLPAC (KL Performing Arts Centre). This was the place that helped me realise my dream to exhibit my photographs and to present my choreography ideas.

I've spent so many days watching and being enthralled by shows, I've laughed and cried at productions. It's very much my souls home. Most of all I have never met such wonderful people in my life who truly care about the arts and artists.

TODAY it needs us. Over the years they have been losing their corporate funding and are now in dire need of funds. This is a sincere wish that you will send what you can to them. If you've ever thought of doing something for me - this would be the best way.

Here's how you can do it. You can read more about their situation here and here.


Help fund arts in Malaysia - don't let the only organisation that encourages all artists to die.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Musuemfied


I recently did a road trip to Perak where I visited 11 towns in 3 days. Now my idea of visiting a town means going through at least 70 percent of the town or as much as I can if it’s a huge place. Anyway when I decided to travel to Perak one of the places I wanted to visit was Pasir Salak.
Now Pasir Salak was the spot of the first movement against the British and it was led by Dato Maharaja Lela Pandak Lam with the assassination of the then British Resident of Perak, J.W.W.Birch on 2 November  1875 which sparked a war between the British and the Malays. It ended with the hanging of Maharaja Lela and the exile of Sutlan Abdullah.

Pasir Salak

Located right at the banks of Sungai Perak, the Pasir Salak Historical complex itself is quite a beauty. Its an old Malay house and theres another museum across the road. Unfortunately we arrived with the storm and managed to only visit the main complex  as we waited out the windy storm after our tour. Not many people veered there I think as we were the only people there. Two local boys walked ahead of us to switch on the lights and the audio visuals as we made our way around the historical tunnel of first Maharajalela and various other Malay resistant movements leading up to the Independence of Malaysia.

pasir salak

symetrical

This was the first of the three musuems we visited. I’m kind of a history/ cultural buff. I’m always reading up or visiting musuems whenever possible.

Cotton candy clouds

The next one we visited was the Perak Musuem or Darul Ridzuan Musuem in Ipoh which is not to be mistaken with the other Perak Musuem in Taiping. I’ll explain on that one when we get to there. The Ipoh museum was built in 1925 by a rich miner named Foo Choong Kit.

Now this was another museum I enjoyed. Thanks to the information on Perak Man and Lenggong Valley. Perak man is Southeast Asia's oldest most complete human skeleton. It is radiocarbon dated to 10,120 BP and identified as Australomenasoid, a hominid type occupying the western part of the archipelago and continental South-East Asia at the end of the Pleistocene and early Holocene.

While the Lenggong Valley is the site of many archelogical finds including the 1991 discovery of Perak Man and most recently the 2007 discovery of evidence of a meteorite strike 1.83 million BP which preserved Palaeolithic tools at Bukit Bunuh, Lenggong. Now this was something new I learnt and I think was what that earned the Lenggong Valley a Unesco World Heritage site. About the time I was there, it was announced that Perak Man will finally return to Lenggong Valley museum from his current home at the National Musuem in KL. The Perak Man in Ipoh is a replica.

So Lenggong Valley will be on my list of places to visit and looks like I also missed out the Geological Musuem off Ipoh town. Will get to them one day.

Taiping

The third and final museum on this trip is the oldest museum in Malaysia – The Perak Musuem in Taiping which was founded by Sir Hugh Low the then British Resident of Perak, in 1883. Besides being a beautiful building and the oldest museum, this was quite a dampener compared to the other two. Besides a super long and huge skeleton of a crocodile, nothing was really interesting or historical. The Taiping war memorial is a more interesting visit. Everytime I'm there I drive by to pay my respect to fallen soldiers. I explored the grounds years ago - here are photos from then

3a Gone but not forgotten in memorial 

I found all three well maintainted and lovely courteous staff. In Pasir Salak my mother was not charged the entrance fee and when we were caught in the storm and we were sitting out at the half open verendah enjoying the rain, they insisted she go inside less she melts in the rain ;p heheh. Still the Islamic museum in KL remains my most favourite both architecture wise and exhibits. If i find the time will write about my road trip. 


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Krabi


Island Gateway

Its been some time since I wrote proper travelouges mostly because I haven’t edited most of the photos. So I’ve decided to change that and try to post stories even if I’ve not don’t with editing.

Krabi is a stunning island filled with beautiful people. I am a full blown beach person though I can’t really swim. I spent most of my time in the water or at the pool.

Monk Green


While my friend went rock climbing, I spent the day swimming at Railay beach. The best part was I had the whole beach to myself for most of the morning though the waves were crazy violent. I was getting beaten up every other minute. Unfortunately I had to run out to the beach 4 times to save my bag, camera and books from the rising water.
The thing is I left them a few hundred metres away but at high tide, the waters reach the ends of the beach right up to the foot of the restaurants! I nearly lost my glasses on my last run. Railay is interesting to explore both at low and high tide, on one side of the beach where the climbers are, there are small cave like enclosures you need to walk or swim through to get to a small cove.

Copycat clouds

We went snorkelling to the 4 islands around Krabi and opted out of the Koh Phi Phi island visit due to the rough waters. It was good thing too, the waters were pretty rough in some places. Originally we were put on the westerners boat when the boat guide moved us into the Asian boat filled with Chinese, korean and Japanese tourists. Turns out, he had decided to appoint us as his head of entertainment for the day ;p

Now the problem with Chinese tourists is, they never listen to the guide, talk non stop, are super greedy and not to mention annoying. Also they seemed to enjoy staring at us and would continue to stare even when you smiled at them. We got down at the first island after a long lecture by the guide. To get people to listen to him he just sat quietly staring at everyone. Lol he was such a funny character.

Hidden krabi


Koh tup is a small white beach island and if you looked carefully you’ll spot fishes swimming in with the tide. At low tide you can actually walk across the island to Chicken island but since the water was getting higher our boat drove us there. Anyway you would think that with only one indian on the boat, people would return back to the boat when I got there but nope the Chinese ppl never did and were always the last to return despite being blackmailed by the guide.

We reach chicken island and the boat stops in the middle of the sea and the guide asks so who wants to snorkel and someone actually says no. me and my friend quickly said eh no we want to. So he tells us okay you can jump of the boat. No lecture or anything. I picked up my mask and the both of us jumped off. Now here you could see lots of fishes swimming around you. There we were swimming happily around and I realised it was just the two of us in the water. The rest were still on the boat! only after another 20 minutes did they jump into the water and at one point half of them were hanging to the ladder of the boat – errr whei you crazy ah?

swaying krabi 

At one point I saw my friend swimming back to the boat and since I swim real slow I started making my way back thinking it was time to go. Turns out she got stung by a jellyfish and while she was trying to get on the boat, people were hanging at the ladder! And I had to swim backwards just to stop myself from bumping into someone.
When I got back to the boat, the guide was busy mumbling about the non listeners to my friend. At one point he screamed at them, if you go into the water you must swim away from the boat. getting into the water doesn’t mean holding onto the ladder! ;p

We spotted jellyfishes swimming around the water so the guide jumped into the water to go bring one to us to show. The next think you know the whole boat was leaning to our side of the boat and I had to go whei don’t sink the boat and move to the other side before the rest followed. Sigh.

We headed to poda island for lunch. As we were getting off the boat, the guide goes, do you think its wrong if I kill them? Hehe I told him not wrong but why waste your life for them. ;p

sweet

A lot of other boats were moared there too. Lunch was a simple green curry which tasted pretty nice. We walked around the beach and sat down to watch the antics of our boat dwellers. I think the only reason they were there was to post photos on facebook. They took turns doing the buried under sand, heart shape, lying down on beach and so on all over the beach. Not enough they were walking around with umbrellas while the white tourists were sunbathing. Hehhehe look at this picture and you’ll see how different entertainment is to them.

krabi

The Japanese and Korean families were actually pretty nice people and turns out the Japanese family were stopping by KL for a visit. So told them a few spots they could visit.

We headed to railay beach next to swim around the coves. When we got back to the boat, our guide was mumbling about his bad luck. Turns out the Chinese tourists left their bag at poda island and had gone back to get it. So we had to sit by the beach and wait for them. Since we left late, the waters were rough and the adults started vomiting. Lol
We bumped into our guide on our last evening there and stopped to talk to him. We told him he better not put us on the Asian boat next time. He told us don’t worry I’m not going to be on it either ;p

krabi

While Krabi was lovely and less of a party island, I do prefer my beach at Phuket and the amazing food there.
One thing I’ve learned from my island trips, I rarely find the need to use the camera since I’m swimming all the time! So I probably wont be taking the dslr anymore. 


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Friday, September 14, 2012

Lies

It takes only 1% of annoyance for people to believe the lies others tell of you.

That’s why it’s easy for gossip to travel. People just need to be jealous of you on something, or irritated that you corrected them or pointed out their mistakes – something petty for them to spread stories on you or believe the lies people tell of you.

I hear them all. The thing with gossip and lies is it goes in a circle and you end up hearing the stuff people have been spreading about you. Most of the time I ignore all of it simply because they’re pretty useless and practically nothing. All they do is spread gossip and lies and forget to live their own lives.

Until someone tries to endanger my life, I let them be. Trust me if you try anything to actually hurt me, I’ll take all the necessary actions even if it means dragging them to the police. Don’t make treats to me, I’m not just a woman, I’m a fearless woman. I did nothing wrong and I always have ample proof for all the lies people spread on me. All it took was one police report, for the treats to stop.

The lies didn’t stop but the treats did. But like I said I don’t care about lies. What you think about me doesn’t determine who I am. The most interesting thing about this incident was I learnt that it takes only 1% of annoyance for people to believe the lies others tell of you. People around us believed the lies while people I just knew as acquaintances or rather the people who watch you have stood in solidarity for us. What a blow to the face it must have been, to have these people support us and not otherwise. So I remain amazed each day with the turn of events.

So to the rest, go ahead tell your lies and spread your gossip, if I need to, I know how to teach you a lesson for I always have ample proof on your misdeeds.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

They Don't Care About Us

Happy birthday MJ



When he died, I ended up at the Sony memorial night and the tv crew decided to interview me. I answered with this song when I was asked what was my favourite song of his.

"They Don't Care About Us"

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, aggravation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Bang bang, shot dead
Everybody's gone mad

All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us

Beat me, hate me
You can never break me
Will me, thrill me
You can never kill me
Jew me, sue me
Everybody do me
Kick me, kike me
Don't you black or white me

All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us

Tell me what has become of my life
I have a wife and two children who love me
I am the victim of police brutality, now
I'm tired of bein' the victim of hate
You're rapin' me off my pride
Oh, for God's sake
I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy...
Set me free

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Trepidation, speculation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Black male, black mail
Throw your brother in jail

All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us

Tell me what has become of my rights
Am I invisible because you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
I'm tired of bein' the victim of shame
They're throwing me in a class with a bad name
I can't believe this is the land from which I came
You know I really do hate to say it
The government don't wanna see
But if Roosevelt was livin'
He wouldn't let this be, no, no

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, speculation
Everybody litigation
Beat me, bash me
You can never trash me
Hit me, kick me
You can never get me

All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us

Some things in life they just don't wanna see
But if Martin Luther was livin'
He wouldn't let this be, no, no

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, segregation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Kick me, strike me
Don't you wrong or right me

All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us

All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about
All I wanna say is that
they don't really care about
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us



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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

STOP 114 A


Section 114A deals with allegedly illicit or harmful content on the Internet. In short, the amendment enables law enforcement officials to swiftly hold someone accountable for publishing seditious, defamatory, or libelous content online.

Visit Stop 114A to find out more


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Saturday, August 11, 2012

I understand

i understand

For long as I can remember, these words have been a part of my life. I grew up reading it as it hanged in the living room of my home. Every day of my life I saw these words hung in a faded yellow and black framed poster. These words inspired me for all my life but I never knew who wrote them. To me it was and still remains the most significant words that have shaped my life.

When I was 17 we moved to our current home and while moving my mom chucked the frame and another poster away in the trash. I remember frantically looking for it to be packed when she told me what she had done. You see the poster belonged to my father and my mother wanted nothing that wasn’t Indian to hang in our new home. I actually ran out to the trash and dug the poster out and from then onwards the poster has hung just above my work desk. Its faded and torn in a few places but I’m sure it can last a few more decades or even a century since its at least older than me. Every now and then I’d look up to read those words … I understand.  

These words inspired me for all my life but I never knew who wrote them. I have this book of poems containing nearly every single classic poem and I’ve gone through it a few times looking for the author but I never knew whose words it was. Neither Shakespeare nor Wordsworth could lay claim to those inspiring words. When I first started using the internet, I tried searching up the writer but I could never find him. Yes I always knew it was a him. Don’t ask me why but I just knew it was a him.  So every few years I’d search the words to find out who wrote the poem.

Today I finally found out who it was.

I understand was wrote by Walter Rinder and I think was a part of a series of posters he had penned in the 70s. The most amazing thing I found out about him was is he was a photographer and he opened San Francisco's first all-color photography gallery.

I have tried to live my life by these words as much as possible. These were the words that taught me that only if I loved myself would I be able to love others. It taught me to be open, honest and truthful always. I learned to reach out to people, share and the value of freedom thanks to these words. So thank you Walter Rinder. I have been wanting to thank you for so many years.

Thank you for being such an inspiring guide. Your words are my most prized treasure.

About Walter Rinder
(though theres a link I’m posting it here so that I never lose this info as it took me some time to find it)

Walter Rinder was born on June 3, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois. He was born as a Gemini. His father was Jewish who was born in New York City; his mother was an English-Dutch Protestant who was born in rural Illinois.

From 1948 to 1952 he attended Alhambra high school where he studied several art courses, was active in public speaking, and joined the debate team.

From 1952 to 1954 he attended Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Pomona. From 1955 to 1957 he was in the U.S. Army. In 1959 he began his adventures by leaving his home area and traveled by train to Phoenix, Arizona, with $35 and a suitcase in hand. "I want more out of life than most people", he wrote.

From 1960 to 1961 he traveled through San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Tulsa, and Albuquerque. In 1965 he had his first public showing of his photography in San Francisco at the Bernal Heights Street Fair. This was his first public announcement of his photos in San Francisco. In 1968 he opened an all-color photo gallery in San Francisco; it was San Francisco's first all-color photography gallery. 

Early in 1969 he signed a contract with Celestial Arts Publishing Company in California. Later that year he wrote his first book, which became Celestial's first published book. Becoming restless and anxious for expansion, Walter left San Francisco in late 1969 and moved to Laytonville, California, a little town of 850 people on Highway 101 about 120 miles north of San Francisco. He lived there for one year. He wanted to experience the adventures of living in a small town atmosphere. There he had a small gallery located in his home. 

He! remembers the inspiring redwoods, which helped him to contact his real nature, writing about his feelings, and the local people who were beautifully simple by nature compared to the people he met in his eight years in San Francisco. In 1969 his first black and white posters and greeting cards were published by Celestial Arts.

From 1970 through 1979 Walter traveled extensively throughout the U.S., covering the entire country on several trips. In 1970 he had moved to Portland, Oregon, and had his first book published, entitled Love is an Attitude. Also, in 1970 he opened his gallery, "This Speck of Earth", in the city of Portland, Oregon. Here he helped kids with their drug problems and often was invited to speak to schools and local clubs. The gallery became a sanctuary for people who needed caring and some kindness and genuine interest in them. 

In 1971 he published This Time Called Life. In 1973 his first record album was produced entitled "Love is an Attitude". Also, in that year Spectrum of Love, The Humanness of You, and Follow Your Heart were published. In 1974 he held his first East Coast showing of color photos in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1975 Love is My Reason and Will You Share With Me? were published. Where Will I be Tomorrow? was published in 1976. 

In 1977 Walter started a one-year journey through the U.S. meeting new people and sharing love. In 1978 Friends and Lovers and Aura of Love were published. In 1979 Follow Your Heart was published as a photographic edition of his poem. A Promise of Change was published in 1979 as a hard-back edition.Forever Us was published in 1981.

In the late 1980's, Walter went back to California and took care of his aging mom. Then he and his mom returned to Oregon, where he continued to take care of her until she passed away in 1992. In Oregon, Walter sold antiques and collectibles (which he continues to do).

In 1990 The World I Used to Know was published as a selected collection of his works.
Spectrum of Love Revisited was published in 2001, the first book since 1990. Walter now continues to write and expects to publish at least one book per year through Discovery Gallery 2000, Inc. He plans to continue traveling in the U.S., meeting strangers along the way who will become new friends.


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Monday, July 09, 2012

Fear


It apparently limits you. But if you ask me, you decide what limits you.

I have a fear of falling. It doesn’t help that I have the uncanny ability to trip on nothing all the time ;p Only consolation, I usually don’t fall as I’ve got awesome reflex.

I would stand at the railing of a few storey’s shopping mall, and if I’m holding something my heart would skip a beat and start racing like mad.

But I’ve never let it stop me from doing things I love. So you can imagine how I felt sitting at the top of Angkor Wat and wondering how to get down stairs that we couldn’t see. Yes its that steep. My friend had to lie down on the ground near the edge to see if there were steps on that platform.

I finally raved it by scooting on the floor and sitting down on the steps to slowly climb down. It probably looked stupid but it kept me sane.

The only way to face your fears is to take it at your own pace and knowing your limitations. Helps to have people who understand your fear around you, sadly it’s not always the case.

I hate slippery slopes as well, but in the course of being a photographer I occasionally have to brave them and I mostly do.

My worst experience however was the trip in Sapa which I went on against my own judgement. It felt even worse when I realised half way through the nerve wrecking trip that the place was accessible by motor. I spent the rest of the trip paranoid about falling that even small slope’s would have my heart beating like crazy.

I eventually did meet another traveller who shared my sentiment and the both of us were relieved we had someone else who understood what we were going through.

On and off I’d have people ridicule or even laugh at me but I’ve learnt that if I let them get to me, I‘ll never be able to travel.

My recent trip to Yogyakarta, I was confronted with the steep steps again. The funny thing about the steps were part of it had railings and the first two steps didn’t. So I didn’t have any place to hold on to. After long consideration, I finally gave up on walking down the non railed steps and just sat down to bring down my gravity and scooted down the first two steps and then walked down by holding the railings. Had to do that at 2 sets of steps.

I finally caught up with my friend and went – phew that’s done. And all she said was yeah saw you coming down. And that was all I needed to hear.

So if you know someone with a fear of any kind, don’t mock them, don’t belittle them, and don’t make their fears sound like nothing. If they decide not to do something don’t force them, respect their wishes. All you need to do is just understand them, most of the time they would know how to handle it. 


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Friday, June 29, 2012

Randomness

I only started watching Grey’s Anatomy in the Season where Meredith finally married Sheperd and then I got hooked.

There was an episode today where Meredith describes what a typical bad day is for most people as complete chaos and deaths land at the door steps of the hospital.

I think I’ve been through so much that every thing bad is a matter of taking a breath and just moving on, unless it involves death or grievous injury, nothing fazes me. I seriously can go through unbelievable stuff without panicking and for that I think I’m super lucky.

The universe on the other hand has such a knack for randomness that it throws you of your chair just like that. You sit there wondering what the heck just happened. Why now? Why even?

I have never back stabbed, used, stole or hurt anyone on purpose. If I was wrong I would apologise no matter who it was. If I didn’t like a person they defineytly would know as I’d either ignore them or tell them what I felt. What I do know is I my directness wasn’t a fond characterism for many. All I can say is the truth hurts and when I am right, trust me no one can make me back down and that has actually worked in my favour. You learn the truth about people or you just reaffirm what you’ve always known.

Randomness taught me one thing. You only know if the journey was true when you cross paths with a moment of randomness. The rest of them were fake and probably just using you. Nothing surprising there. Anyway I realised I am one of the luckier people, not everyone would have had the opportunity to be as blessed and for that I am truly blessed.

Thank you for everything, you probably have no idea what you once did but I will always be grateful. I wish nothing but happiness for you always.

Dear universe, just so u know I’m not into randomness so let’s keep it a once in a rainbow moon. 



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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bread and butter pudding



So I’ve been in a baking mood lately. Last week I made a non-bake cheese cake and this week I made my all-time favourite Bread and Butter Pudding. Best part I finally nailed the vanilla sauce. The thing that I don’t like about baking is you usually need to be precise with the measurements and I’m a cook who doesn’t like to measure. Good thing is both didn’t need much measuring. Since there was a recipe request, and I’ll tell you the few things I did different.  

Bread Pudding
Ingredients:
2 cups whole milk (or 2 cups half & half (don’t ask me what this is as we don’t have it in KL, I used a liquid creamer)
1/4 cup butter (for the bread and the pan)
2/3 cup brown sugar/ white sugar (light or dark, depending on taste preference)
3 eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups bread, torn into small pieces (french bread, white bread or any kind of bread you have which is about a day old)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
a dash of salt
Directions:
1. Preaheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C)
2. Grease an oven proof baking dish.
3. Combine milk, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed. Not too fast or you might over mix it.
4. Place bread into the baking dish and drench with butter. Try to get some butter on all the pieces. Sprinkle raisins on top of it.
5. Pour the batter over the bread and let it rest for a while so the bread soaks up the batter.
6. Sprinkle some brown sugar over the mixture.
7. Bake at 40 to 50 minues or until its brown and set. Trick to know if its set put a knife throught the middle and if it comes out smoothly with very little pudding sticking on the knife its set.

What I did different from the basic recipe.

The good thing about bread and butter pudding you can add anything you want.
  1. I added crushed chocolate chip cookies that came with choc and nuts on the bread – once it melted it gave an awesome chocolaty taste to the bread pudding.
  2. I didn’t have nutmeg or cinnamon so I omitted it and instead increased the vanilla essence a bit
  3. You can add chocolate pieces into the bread if you want.
  4. Also I substituted the brown sugar to half granulated white sugar and half dark brown sugar.
  5. Increase or decrease sugar amount according to taste

Vanilla Sauce
Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk
2 Tablespoons butter
1/3 cup granulated white sugar (light brown sugar can be substituted)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon flour
dash of salt
Directions:

Its super easy to do but you’ll need to constantly stir it. Just mix everything together and stir until it thickens. The milk should reduce in amount and thicken. Reduce to the consistency that you want. Remember that it will thicken once cold. I like to serve this cold.

Extra
You can add more sugar if you want and keep it thick so you won’t need a lot of sauce.

I used fresh milk and a layer of cream formed when it cooled – just mix it together before serving. 



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